Rights offering detail :
Wild Future(s), Short Story Collection (11 stories)
Nov. 17, 2021
Author:
Wang Weilian
Category:
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Description:
How science and technology influence the survival of humankind has always been a thematic throughline in Wang Weilian’s work.
Wild Future(s) is his first offering of stories in which the before now realist author has applied his dexterous thinking on all things physics, philosophy and anthropology to writing about the future.
Specifically, to imagining the changes and confusion that await humankind there.
Most of the stories in the collection unfold in the Guangzhou of a not-too-distant future, where we zoom in on a peculiar cast of characters and their eccentric, backward life choices: a man tries to bring a dead relative back to life through the power of technology; a taxi driver recently replaced by driverless cars zones out for a record five hours; a science whizz finds himself at home living in one of the city’s concrete slums, happy in his job as an airport security guard; a stinking rich techno-upstart puts all his resources towards building a nineties town under water…

With these stories, Wang Weilian upends your experience of time and turns your view of life on its head, making you sit and wonder: how do I safeguard myself and my state of mind in an era of such rapid change? Essentially, Wild Future(s) is a love letter to people and to being alive.
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Recommendations and Reviews

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Wild Future(s) makes us think about the relationship between technology, the everyday and the future.
— Yu Hua (Popular candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and recipient of the Grinzane Cavour Prize and the Prix Courrier International)

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I feel like many of my junior authors and poets still go about their writing in the same way people have now for generations. Thankfully, I also sense among them the coming of something new. Weilian is one of that younger cohort who convinces me my instinct is right. His stories are nothing like those of my generation or the one before, and it’s such an exciting thing. We all contemplate others’ hardships, our own pain and individual loneliness. But there is no getting around there being some complaints that are “wholesale”, and the fact that too few writers have the problem awareness to point out the problems that really warrant serious attention. I can tell from Wang Weilian’s writing that he is problem aware. That he knows how to discover problems, find the best angle for making the cut and probe.

Weilian’s brand of science fiction resembles a sort of anti-science-fiction. At the very least it represents a rethinking of the wider genre. The future he is showing us is not a distant future, and nor is it a limited or gloomy one. It is a close future, a future that lies right around the corner. That I think is what is fascinating.

There is a temperature to Weilian’s stories of this future. The temperature of life. Sometimes of a life struck down with a fever—perhaps thirty-seven point five or thirty-eight degrees Celsius. And sometimes it is a temperature below what our bodies are accustomed to—closer to twenty-four or even sixteen degrees. These are all temperatures. This is why he is nothing like the old guard writers of tradition, and nothing like the majority of science fiction writers I read today.

— Xi Chuan (A China Book Industry Writer of the Year, winner of the 1999 Weimar International Essay Prize Contest, and recipient of the Lu Xun Literature Prize, the Cikada Prize and the Tokyo Poetry Prize)

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What draws people to Wang Weilian’s stories is how seamlessly he blends lyricism with philosophy, and how stalwart and inspiring a stance he takes against nihilism and despair. Such is his expansive vision.

— Bi Feiyu (A Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; his work has been translated into over 20 languages)

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It is hard to define Wang Weilian’s writing in Wild Future(s) using any pre-existing labels. He has managed to resist the traditional infatuation of science fiction writers with grand concepts and order, filling his imagined space instead with wavering meaning and quotidian lyricism, an experience which for a reader manifests as unshakeable homesickness for the future.

— Chen Qiufan (President of the Chinese Science Fiction Writers Association (CSFA) and twelve-time winner of the Nebula Awards)

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Dr. Wang Weilian is a man of simple tastes and sensibilities, but his works still never fail to keenly reflect the cutting edge of literature. I look to every one of his books as a marker for the direction I should be headed.
— A Yi (Over twenty different publications, translated into ten languages; his novel Wake Me Up at Nine in the Morning was the Chinese literary work bought by the most libraries globally in 2019)

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About the author: Wang Weilian, born in 1982, has successively studied in the Department of physics, Department of Anthropology and Department of Chinese of Sun Yat sen University with a doctor of literature, has published the novel The Rescued, short story collections Inner Face, Illegal Inhabitation, The Sound of Salt Forming, and more, for which he has won many literary awards. Whether it is his imaginative plot settings or his cold, pure and sharp language, all bring a strange and philosophical coloring to his fiction, lending his writing a very distinct style. His narratives are full of ideological and artistic tension, with a unique approach that combines the mysterious and the shocking. Some of the works have been translated into English, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Hungarian and other languages and published overseas. He has won the first "Zijin · people's literature star"literature award, October literature award, Huacheng literature award, Mao Dun Literature Rookie Award, Chinese science fiction Competition Gold Award, Chinese excellent publication award, etc.
Contact:
Kris Guo
Jade Literary Agency
krisguo@jadeliteraryagency.com
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402, Building B, No. 289, Weihai Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou, 511498
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18567
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